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Man, Organic Church is a beautiful mess!

Paige and I began down this wonderful, scary road of church planting about 3 years ago when we felt Him tell us to resign our position at a great church where I was executive pastor.  Since then, He took us through a desert place for about a year which tested our faith in Him but also “de-programmed” us of a bunch of stuff that was tradition of men and had nothing to do with what it  meant to actually “be” the church.  At the end of two years, God brought an incredible group of people int our lives and we made a commitment to God and each other that we would allow Him to make us missionaries to our world no matter how unclear that process may be at time…and it has been very unclear at times.  We all have been tempted at times to go back to the “way of doing things” that produced visible results and made sense to us since we all grew up in church.  Thankfully, we resisted that temptation and stayed on the path that God was showing us, step by painful step.

Well, here we are, a year later and God seems to finally be illuminating more than just the very next step in front of us…the path to becoming missional Christians is becoming a little more clear every single day.  We have decided to forget about planting a church and focus on planting the gospel in our offices, homes, neighborhoods and wherever God takes us.  The cool thing is that we are starting to see how that seed is taking root in people’s lives and God is the one who is causing the growth to happen…all we have to do is continue to sew seeds of justice, mercy and love and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work.  A network or “oikos” is beginning to take shape and it is very, very exciting!

About 6 months ago, a woman in our church befriended a woman who was in a homeless shelter with her 2 year old son.  We all agreed that God brought this woman into our lives and we couldn’t leave her like this.  So, we basically adopted her and her son, helped them move into an apartment, buy furniture/dishes/pots and pans/clothes for her, her son and the new baby and anything else she needs.  It has been a slow, incredible, painful process but actually helping someone always is.  When you don’t just ‘throw money’ at someone but instead to become intimately involved in their lives, you have to sacrifice time, money and convenience but it is SO worth it.  So, the cool part is that we just found out that not only this lady wants to be a part of our church but now her mother (who she had NO relationship with as of a few moths ago), wants to check us out because she has seen how we have helped her daughter.

This has now become more than abstract concept to us.  God is wanting to birth a rapidly multiplying, multi generational move of God in this country but it will only happen when we focus on planting the gospel, loving people and “being” the church wherever they are.  For the first time in years, I am truly excited about the possibilities of what the church can be and what can be accomplished in this country for Christ!

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House Church–The Only Way?

Over the past 2 years, I have become exposed to and have had many conversations with those who are deeply involved in the “house church” movement. I have found these individuals to be humble, intelligent and passionate to see God move in authentic ways in their lifetime.  While I think the house church movement is awesome and is a fresh expression of church, I am beginning to think that it’s not THE only way to “do” church (as some in that movement ardently hold to).  There’s a few different reasons for this that I may delve into later but Scot McKnight addresses it in his new book “The Blue Parakeet” better than I ever could:

What we’ve got in the pages of the New Testament are first century expressions of the gospel and church life, not permanent, timeless expressions.  They are timely expressions;  they are Spirit-inspired expressions;  but they were and remain first century expressions.  We aren’t called to live first century lives in the twenty first century, but twenty first century lives as we walk in the light of the revelation God gave to us in the first century.”

I don’t know…I’m torn.  I see the tremendous benefits of the house church movement and how it fosters intimacy and discipleship but on the other hand I do not think that it’s the ONLY way to do it.  Most house church peeps that I talk to believe just that…the institutional church is dead and we need to abandon it completely.  Now, don’t get me wrong…I think the current American, attractional church model is vastly inefficient and is not producing disciples but instead is perpetuating the ‘consumer’ mentality that is prevelant in our nation.  I think there needs to be a “revolution” in ecclesiology and how we follow Christ as His Body.  BUT, I’m not sure that house church is the ONLY answer.  I think God is inspiring a “hybrid” mode of church that is heavy on mission and light on the attractional element, but it’s still there.  I want to discuss this more in future posts but I would love to hear the opinions of those who may read this blog that are in to the house church movement…be gentle:)

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